Directed by: Amando de Ossorio
Actors: Anita Ekberg, Gianni Medici, Diana Lorys and Rosanna Yanni
Country: Spain | Italy
Also known as: Malenka, Malenka la vampire, “Malenka, the Niece of the Vampire”, Bloody Girl
Description: Anita Ekberg (the main actress in the nunsplotation movie Killer Nun) plays Sylvia, a woman who is surprised to learn that she has inherited a castle, from relatives that she didn’t even know she had. Curious about her windfall, she travels from Rome to the remote village of her family to claim the castle, but when she gets there she can’t understand why everyone panics when they find out who she is and where she is going. Sylvia also discovers her curious “Uncle”, who doesn’t look a day older than she does, and the castle is also haunted by some vampirish babes like the mysterious Glinka. Soon Sylvia is told of her family’s undead history, her grandmother Malenka, and her new role as the matriarch of the vampire clan.This has got all the makings of a charmingly awful movie, complete with a spook-a-rama harpsichord & organ soundtrack, horrendous dubbing (Anita Ekberg’s voice appears to have been dubbed by one of the Gabor sisters, judging from the accent), non-existent special effects, and kooky dialogue (“There’s something….going on here….something….EVIL.”)
1969’s Fangs of the Living Dead (also known as Malenka) pairs director Armando De Ossorio, of Tombs of the Blind Dead fame, withAnita Ekberg in a gothic vampire flick. Anita Ekberg inherits a castle and travels there to claim her inheritance. There she meetsher “uncle” who tells her about her grandmother’s tragic death at the hands of enraged, torch-wielding townspeople – and oh by theway she looks just like Anita Ekberg. The narrative of this film is confusing, even if you pay attention. Apparently this could bedue to the fact that the film’s production was shut down before Ossorio could finish it forcing him to alter the script. What thefilm has plenty of is exposed fangs and exposed cleavage. There is also a fun little girl-on-girl fight at the end of the pictureshot handheld POV style. The Retromedia Entertainment DVD claims that there are a few shots taken from Mario Bava’s Kill Baby Kill.Extra attention was paid during the production of this film to frame-in and illuminate the ample cleavage.